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Singur farmers don't want Tatas to leave

August 23, 2008

In a fresh twist to the controversy over the Nano car project in Singur, farmers whose land had been acquired for the plant have said they do not want Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata to pull out, a day after he threatened to leave West Bengal.

Marginal land owner Debaprasad Das whose 0.75 acres was taken for the project, but who had not taken his cheque as he had supported the agitation against land acquisition, said he wanted industrialisation.

"People would be disheartened if the Tatas left," Das said.

"Many Krishi Jami Raksha Committee workers are working in the small car project. We want the factory to come up as it would improve our situation," he said.

Another marginal farmer Manik Das of Baraberri Purbapara whose land too was acquired for the project said the Tatas should not pull out of Singur. However, Das who is also a member of the Trinamool Congress dominated Zilla Parishad said, the project should not come up on fertile land.

Image: Farmers clean paddy on farm land in Singur | Photograph: Deshakalyan Chowdhury/AFP/Getty Images

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